The University of Guam and the University of Alaska Fairbanks are hosting the 7th Regional Island Sustainability Conference.
Guam – It is just the first day of the 2016 Island Sustainability Conference and keynote speakers already hit the topic of climate change hard.
Raaj Kurapati of the University of Alaska Fairbanks compared the Pacific islands to Alaska. He said, “People often ask me ‘why Alaska and the islands?’ It’s a good question but the reality is Alaska is no different from the islands. In Alaska, we’re seeing similar issues, the coastal areas we’re seeing erosion and buildings along the coast have fallen into the ocean because of climate change.”
Climate Change Negotiator Tony De Brum said even though the islands are slowly seeing the effects of climate change…”We don’t see being displaced as an option. We have discovered that these are the most vulnerable areas right now to climate change. We hope to deal with that to go and try to restore what was there before and help slow down the process of climate impact so we can buy time, technology, financing to do better,” De Brum said.